I was a life-long Democrat who voted for Obama twice. You seem to be unaware that the party you once knew has been captured by the Progressive Left and is now little more than a Popular Front for intersectionalist identity politics ideologues. The Democrat Party used to stand for tougher immigration enforcement than the Republicans. Now it stands for sanctuary cities and abolishing ICE. It’s all for allowing caravans of thousands to cross the border illegally and it supports giant loopholes that release illegal aliens into the US interior. If you want more immigration or different types of immigrants, pass an immigration law. But allowing illegals to jump the line and flout our laws is not the way to do it and it most certainly is not fair to the millions who are following the law and waiting in line. Illegal immigrants from anywhere should not be allowed. It is that simple.
Democrat have changed the laws in San Francisco and other cities so that illegal immigrants and non-citizens can vote in local elections. How they can be kept from voting in national and state elections is left unexplained. You seem to be unaware of that. The Democrat mayor of Oakland gave advance warning to illegal aliens convicted of violent crimes, drug-dealing, and sexual abuse. Other Democrats supported her. Why do the Democrats condone having convicted rapists and pedophiles staying in our country? All the Democrat Presidential candidates raised their hands for free medical care for illegals and most declared their support for race-based reparations. No, I don’t want rapists, armed robbers, drug-dealers, or murderers voting, not for a long time after their release. Democrat-run cities had exploding waves of crime, homelessness, and filth. I support clean and safe cities where children can play in parks without having to dodge hypodermic needles and human feces.
I read news from all sides, especially the far left and international press. The current Democrat Party rejects all that FDR, Truman, JFK, LBJ, and Bill Clinton stood for, but those are the Democrat Party leaders I support. Once you open your eyes to what the party has become, you may also find it is no longer acceptable to you. You will be welcome to join the millions who have walked away from it, whether or not you want to become a Republican or Independent.